Hike 10: Lucas Valley | Marin County, CA
Hikers: Carol, Linda and Nat (humans) | Kacee, Elvis, Glory and Willow (dogs) Start Time: 8:00 a.m. at the Chicken Shack Fire Road entrance near Clay Ct and Alameda del Prado in Novato. Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve is an expansive 1271 acre gem that offers incredible views. It’s highlight, the Big Rock Ridge trail reaches its highest point at 1895 […]
Hike 6: Anthony Chabot Regional Park | Castro Valley, CA
Hikers: Jesse and Nat (humans) | Pancake and Willow (dogs) Start Time: 7:30 am at Clyde Woolridge staging area entrance on the left near the intersection of Skyline Blvd and Grass Valley Road. Anthony Chabot Regional Park is a beautiful 3,314-acre varied parkland with year-round public campgrounds, a marksmanship range, and 70 miles of hiking and riding trails to enjoy. Hiking trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves […]
Hike 5: Redwood Regional Park | Oakland, CA
Hikers: Alta and Nat (humans) | Pe’ahi, Nalu, Leilani and Willow (dogs) Start Time: 2:00 pm at entrance adjacent to Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center off of Skyline Blvd. Redwood Regional Park is located off Redwood Road just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland. A beautiful and hidden Redwood forest, it is a favorite of nature enthusiasts of a wide range. The […]
Hike 4: Hood Mountain Regional Park | Santa Rosa, CA
Hikers: Sheila and Nat (humans) | Nova and Willow (dogs) Start Time: 8:00 am, Pythian Rd trail entrance Hood Mountain Regional Park is located in Santa Rosa. This The park consists of 1,750 acres of lush wilderness, varied ecosystems in terms of flora with outstanding hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. It is a wonderful place for birders and scenic view lovers willing […]
Hiking Basics – What’s in My Backpack?
Whether you are new to the trail or old friends with it, I have outlined some basics that are always good to remember when adventuring out into the wild. Hiking is for the most part, a low-maintenance sport, but good sense, preparation and a few essentials go a long way in keeping you and your […]
Hike 1: Mount Burdell (1) | Novato, CA.
Hikers: Nat and Carol (humans) | Willow, Glory, Elvis and Kacee (dogs) Start Time: 7:00 am, San Carlos trail entrance Mount Burdell is located in the Novato Valley. Covered in grasslands and Oak Tree groves, its summit rises to 1,558 feet, offering some of the best views in the area. It is home to many […]
For the love of Dogs and the Great Outdoors | an Introduction
As a child, I remember ruining the pretty dresses my mom would buy for me by covering them in mud, grass stains and fur while out “exploring” our backyard with my childhood dog. I always loved being outside. Only later in life, would I realize these “nature walks” are called hiking, and that I had […]